Monday, 29 June 2015

Taylor Swift: British Summer Time, Hyde Park

Ruth and I went to the Taylor Swift gig for British Summer Time at Hyde Park and it was the most wonderful afternoon/evening ever. It was a beautiful sunny day and we had the best time.

One of my favourite singer/songwriters, Vance Joy, played, and he was amazing. I loved that he sang Georgia and From Afar, as they are two of my favourites and they sounded stunning (kind of a little sad he didn't play Red Eye though, but I guess that's even more of a reason to go and see him when he's next in the UK). His voice has the most gorgeous tone and it was the perfect thing to hear in the late afternoon.

I also really loved Ellie Goulding's performance; like Vance Joy she has a very unique tone to her voice and she sounded amazing. She did Starry Eyed, which I remember from years ago when it first came out, as well as the notorious Burn, and the stunning Love Me Like You Do, which was so beautiful.

Taylor Swift.

Taylor Swift is an artist like no other. Not only is she an incredible singer and a talented musician, she is the most wonderful storyteller. During her performance not only was I blown away by her music, but I felt like part of a story. I felt part of something that would be remembered forever, something so special that nobody would ever dare to forget it. And I don't think I've felt quite like that ever before, but I know I'll long to feel that way again. And if I can go to another Taylor Swift show, I definitely shall, and I'd highly recommend you do so too.

One of my favourite songs of the whole evening, if not my overall favourite, was You Are In Love. I cannot describe the feeling. It felt like the most intimate few minutes, because the song is so strong and emotionally fueled, and yet the moment was shared by 65,000 people. It felt like we were all a part of something special as everyone sang to words back. It was stunning.

Style is one of my favourites on 1989, and during the song Taylor brought out a group of her friends to walk down the runway, which was so lovely to see as they all looked like they were having the most wonderful time. Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Serena Williams, Karlie Kloss, Martha Hunt, and Cara Delevingne all graced the stage and were met by a mass of applause due to their presence. I loved that they were all so happy to be there.

I loved How You Get the Girl; the props, stage setting, and outfits were all matched perfectly, and the stage looked just as great as the music sounded. All You Had To Do Was Stay was amazing too. I really liked how We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and I Knew You Were Trouble were performed differently to how they sound on Red. They both sounded a bit edgier and rockier and I loved hearing them that way. It shows the versatility of the songs beautifully. Also loved Clean and Enchanted/Wildest Dreams; her ballads are just something else.

Throughout the show she said some of the most wonderful things, to the point that my eyes were watering at one instance. She spoke about how who you are is enough and how the opinions of others do not define you. And I think when someone as well known as Taylor not just says those things, but lives by such things, you start to believe you can too. So thank you, Taylor, for everything. I honestly can't say enough kind words.

The day before I also went to see The Who at Hyde Park, and they put on a really good show too (although, I feel like nothing can really compare to Saturday evenings show (but the beauty is, you don't have to compare)). I'm really glad the gigs were in this order though, because I don't think anything would have felt so great as Taylor's show, so I ended the HP gigs on a high (the highest of highs).

Have you been to any of the Hyde Park shows this year? Let me know how you enjoyed them, especially if you were at Taylor's show, I'd love to hear.

Until next time.

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